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Police briefs

June 01, 2005

Local man injured in motorcycle crash


CLEAR SPRING - A Hagerstown man received minor injuries when his motorcycle was involved in an accident Tuesday on U.S. 40, Maryland State Police said.

Police said the crash was reported at 7:11 p.m. near Spickler Road east of Clear Spring. Police said a 2005 Yamaha motorcycle, driven by Julian Hoffman, 20, of 1339 Jay Drive, and a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Karla Martin, 33, of 19765 Leitersburg Pike, were involved in the crash.

The accident occurred while Martin was attempting to turn off of U.S. 40, police said. Police said the motorcycle, which was being driven behind the Chevrolet, struck the side of the car.

Hoffman, who was not seriously injured, was charged with negligent driving, police said.

A Washington County Hospital spokesperson was not available to release his condition late Tuesday.

Three taken to hospital after crash


WILLIAMSPORT - Three people were taken to Washington County Hospital following a Memorial Day crash between Clear Spring and Williamsport, Maryland State Police said.

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Police said the head-on crash was reported Monday at about 3:15 p.m. on Md. 68 near Sword Road.

Police said a 1988 Ford Ranger, driven by Mary Burdette, 51, of Kearneysville, W.Va., and a 1993 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by Holly Yost, 19, of Dry Run Road near Clear Spring, collided after the Ford crossed into an oncoming lane of traffic.

Police said both drivers and a passenger in the Ford, Katherine Johnson, 79, of Martinsburg, W.Va., were taken to Washington County Hospital.

A Washington County Hospital spokesperson was not available to release their conditions late Tuesday.

Information on any charges in the incident was not available Tuesday evening, police said.

Pa. police determine package to be safe


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police Hazardous Device and Explosives Section was called in to investigate a report of a suspicious package in a mailbox Saturday afternoon in Antrim Township, but the package proved to contain nothing hazardous.

Police went to the Horst Road home at 4:40 p.m., police said. Cpl. Gary Carter said the residents were not expecting the package, thought it looked suspicious and called police.

Unit members determined there was nothing either explosive or hazardous in the package, which Carter said had been delivered to the home by the U.S. Postal Service. Carter said he did not know the contents of the package.

Sheriff's deputies respond to calls


The Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls on Monday, Sgt. Mark Knight said.

· At 8 a.m., the rear wall to the basement entrance of Battlefield Bible Church, 7708 Sharpsburg Pike, reportedly was knocked down.

· At 11 a.m., a vehicle's tire was reported punctured while parked in the 800 block of Armstrong Avenue.

· At 2:30 p.m., Asaro's Pizza & Sub Shop, 4 N. Main St. in Boonsboro, reportedly was broken into. About $3,000 was reported stolen.

· At 3 p.m., a two-foot ceramic angel was reported stolen from the 300 block of Coneflower Drive in Williamsport. The statue was valued at $25.

· At 4 p.m., an employee at McDonald's restaurant, 10525 Sharpsburg Pike, reported a cell phone and car keys stolen.

· At 4:30 p.m., a wallet was reported stolen from a woman's purse while she shopped at Kmart, 1713 Massey Boulevard.

· At 6:30 p.m., glass was reported shattered out of a showcase in the first block of North Main Street in Boonsboro. Damage was estimated at $175.

· At 8:30 p.m., a bicycle was reported stolen in the 17500 block of York Road.

· At 9 p.m., an estimated $7,000 worth of stereo equipment was reported stolen from a Pontiac parked in the 14400 block of Hicksville Road.

· At 11:30 p.m., a window was reported broken on a Ford Ranger truck parked near Garfield's Restaurant & Pub at Valley Mall.

All-terrain vehicle reported stolen


HANCOCK - Maryland State Police are looking for a four-wheeler reported stolen over the weekend from a garage at 13808 Maple Ridge Road.

The 2001 Yamaha Warrior all-terrain vehicle valued at $2,800 was not in operating condition and was missing its seat, according to the owner, who reported it stolen Saturday, police said.

Taken between 3:30 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday, the six-speed vehicle is blue with the number 8 below the handlebars.

Anyone with information on the ATV, may call Trooper 1st Class Chris Barnard at 301-739-2101.

Hagerstown police respond to calls


The following are among calls the Hagerstown Police Department responded to during the Memorial Day weekend, according to information released by city police:

Friday:

· Domestic violence incidents were reported in the 1400 block of Haven Road and the first block of Elizabeth Street.

· At 2:30 a.m., Ali Abdul Billings, 26, was charged with driving under the influence, driving on a revoked license and possession of crack cocaine, among other charges, in the first block of North Mulberry Street.

· At 10:15 a.m., a burglary was reported in the 400 block of North Mulberry Street. Tools were reported stolen.

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